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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JAMES W. CALVERT, a native of Lexington, Ky., was born July 2, 1817, and is the eldest of twelve children born to Willis Calvert, who was twice married — first to Elizabeth Ewing, of Fayette County, and second to Rebecca A. Ragsdale, of Boone County, Ky. The former died in 1827, and the latter in 1861. Willis Calvert was born April 5, 1794, in Virginia; was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was wounded at the battle of Raisin. He kept a hotel from 1832 to 1847. In the latter year he moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he died with cholera in 1849. He was justice of the peace for many years, and was sheriff of the county. After his death the family removed to Kentucky. The paternal and maternal grandfathers of our subject were early settlers in Fayette County, Ky., where they died. The family is of English origin. James W. Calvert was reared in Burlington, and educated at the town academy. At the age of twenty-one he began to read law under J. M. Preston, a lawyer who settled in the county in 1815. Mr. Calvert began practicing in the spring of 1841, and continued until 1878, when he retired. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Christian Church; politically he is a Republican. His uncle, James Calvert, was elected sheriff at the first election under the new constitution; he represented the county in the Legislature during the war, and was also provost-marshal; he was born in 1806 and died in 1876.

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This family biography is one of 73 biographies included in the Boone County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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